March is Youth Science Month across Canada!
Each year, together with provincial and territorial governments, Youth Science Canada declares March as Youth Science Month to celebrate young Canadians striving to make the world a better place through science.
Every fall, grade 7-12 students across the country are challenged to solve difficult problems through science and engineering projects targeting seven key issues: Discovery, Energy, Environment, Health, Information, Innovation and Resources - real world problems requiring real science and engineering.
If "science project" makes you think volcanoes and solar systems, you couldn’t be more wrong!
- A grade 7 student from Winnipeg, MB investigated the effects of folic acid on blood cells
- A grade 9 student from Liverpool, NS found a new use for clam and oyster shells - neutralizing sulphuric acid in the process of recycling car batteries
- A grade 11 student from Fort St. John, BC tested cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) from a local lake as a potential biofuel source
...just three of over 450 projects that competed at the 50th annual Canada-Wide Science Fair in Toronto last May.
Over 500,000 young Canadians do a science project every year; 25,000 participate in 100 regional science fairs - in every province and territory. Youth Science Month salutes these young Canadians and highlights the remarkable opportunities available to youth through science.
Download the provincial proclamations below:
View a video of the Youth Science Month 2012 materials in Horizon Travel magazine (Toronto Star and National Post (Ottawa)), Union Station in Toronto, and in the Toronto (TTC) subway system: